Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology: A Patient-Centred Biopsychosocial Approach

ISBN : 9780198749547

Mira Lal
352 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jun 2017
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  • Comprehensively covers the aetiopathogenesis, clinical presentations and biopsychosocial management of multiple psychosomatic disease conditions
  • Clearly lays out the scientific basis of this subspecialty alongside clinical applications, giving the reader a fundamental knowledge of the subject as well as a tailored methodology for assessing patients.
  • Includes over thirty real-life case studies to support learning and clinical practice, and to enable the recognition of chronic conditions
  • Written by an international team of renowned authors
  • Includes a dedicated chapter on prevention of morbidity and mortality from cancer and obesity

The interplay between mind and body is a rapidly developing area of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, growing in prominence as many areas of medicine recognise the importance of understanding the physical, mental, and social aspects of complex conditions. Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology: A Patient-Centred Biopsychosocial Approachis the fundamental work facilitating the management of women's disease conditions resulting from psychosomatic or mind-body interactions routinely encountered by clinicians.

Authored by a world-renowned group of contributors who have led a transformative approach to the way services to women are approached, Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology comprehensively addresses the biological, psychological, social and cultural factors leading to disease manifestations. Including methods for prevention, detection and treatment, the text is supported by thirty case studies taken from real-life situations to support learning and guide clinical practice.

Detailed chapters expound the scientific basis of the clinical psychosomatic concept, prevention of morbidity and mortality from cancer or obesity, pregnancy and childbirth, maternal dysphoria and child neurodevelopment, pain perception, infertility, premenstrual disorders, psycho-oncology, malignancy and sexual health, illnesses in migrants and refugees, alongside, pertinent cultural issues. This title is a highly topical and much needed guide to addressing clinical conditions that compromise women's health, including that of teenagers, as well as their mental and social well-being.


1: Clinically Significant Mind-Body Interactions: Evolutionary History of the Scientific Basis, Mira Lal
2: Teaching Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Johannes Bitzer
3: Maternal mood in pregnancy: fetal origins of child neurodevelopment, Vivette Glover, TG O'Connor and Kieran O'Donnell
4: Preconceptual to postpartum mental health: Mental illness and Psychosomatic disease, Roch Cantwell and Mira Lal
5: Migraine and Pregnancy-related Hypertension, Chiara Benedetto, Ilaria Castagnoli Gabellari and Gianni Allais
6: Disease Severity, Pain and Patient Perception - Themes in Clinical Practice and Research, Mira Lal and Johannes Bitzer
7: Premenstrual Disorders: Luteal phase recurrent enigmatic conditions, Tamaki Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Asakura and Tatsuya Hayashi
8: Women's psychosomatic health promotion and the biopsychosociocultural nexus, Mira Lal
9: Vulval Pain, Allan B. Maclean
10: Psycho-oncology and psychosocial aspects of gynaecological cancer, Hideki Onishi and Mayumi Ishida
11: Psycho-oncology: The sexuality of women and cancer, Reiko Ohkawa
12: Migration, gender and cultural issues in healthcare: Psychosomatic implications, Mira Lal

About the author: 

Dr. Mira Lal is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist specialising in the physical, mental, and social facets of women's disease and well-being. She undertook clinical research to understand mind-body (psychosomatic) interactions in disease, and was conferred a post-MRCOG doctorate encompassing Obstetrics & Gynaecology along with Neuroscience, Psychiatry; Social Pathology; Social & Public welfare; Psychology; Public aspects of Medicine; Family, Marriage & Woman and Statistics. She was made an Expert Columnist for the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Informacion Cientifica and was awarded a prize for presenting at the EBCOG Congress in 2014. In recognition of her attainments, besides invited publications/reviewing, she was granted Fellowship of of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists for advancing the Art & Science of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

"[Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology] merits attention and the content is absolutely worth reading as a summary of knowledge on conditions involving bodymind interactions within the field of obstetrics and gynecology." - Alkistis Skalkidou, Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica

"[Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology] tackles the previously buried subject of the interplay between a woman's psychological state, her social situation, and her gynaecological functioning in health and in disease. It opens the reader's eyes to the private anguish of so many women, which until now has gone largely unrecognised." - From the foreword by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

"This book is highly recommended for practising obstetricians and gynaecologists, trainess, general practitioners, and those with an interest, professional, or otherwise, in developing a more complete understanding of women's psychosomatic health." - From the foreword by Sir Sabratnam Arulkumaran

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